Remember those old standardized test questions where they would give you 3 paragraphs of information with maybe three relevant bits of information to answer the following questions? There may be no greater trainable skill than the ability to deduce what really matters. We are swimming in information. People are screaming at you every time you open up your phone. Everyone has something to offer or teach you that appears to be essential to your craft.
But what is essential?
What are those three sentences that will allow you to answer the questions posed at you?
We have to consistently seek the signal. Ask: is this relevant? Is this useful for me to solve the problem I am looking to solve? If the answer is no, then at that moment it is simply noise. And we must have a zero tolerance policy against noise.